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The Public Historian is a publication of the National Council on Public History. 

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) is a membership association dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their publics whose work  begins in the belief that historical understanding is of essential value in society.

NCPH establishes professional standards, ethics, and best practices; provides professional development opportunities; recognizes excellence in a diverse range of public history activities; fosters networking and a sense of community among public history practitioners; and supports history education.

Members include museum professionals, historical consultants, historians employed in government, archivists, historical administrators, corporate and business historians, cultural resource managers, curators, film and media producers, oral historians, policy advisers, professors and students with public history interests, teachers, and many others. Increasingly, the council has been working to advance public history on an international scale.

NCPH was incorporated as a tax-exempt (501c3) educational organization in 1980 in Washington, DC, to encourage a broader interest in history and to bring together those people, institutions, agencies, businesses, and academic programs associated with the field of public history. NCPH reincorporated in 1997 in the State of Indiana.

A board of sixteen directors governs the organization, and numerous committees of dedicated members make possible its operations and programs. The work of NCPH is supported primarily by annual dues and other contributions from its members, sponsors, and patrons, as well as income from the NCPH Annual Meeting each spring. Headquartered on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, NCPH benefits greatly from the generous support of the IU School of Liberal Arts.

To learn more about NCPH and how to become a member, please visit

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